Knowing how to keep your children busy and amused throughout the run-up to Christmas can seem like a daunting task, particularly if you’re trying to watch the pennies. We’ve come up with some fun and exciting tips and activities for kids to try out over the festive period that won’t break the bank.
During the Christmas holidays, there’s usually an abundance of events, exhibitions, and plays in your local area. The great thing about these sorts of activities is that they usually cost very little money and help to support your local community.
Check the websites of your local council, as well as tourist information websites, local newspapers, and ‘what’s on’ guides to find out the latest events in your area. It’s also a great idea to pop to your local community centre, leisure centre, or library to monitor their noticeboards for upcoming events. These sorts of establishments usually host kids’ clubs over the holidays to keep them entertained. It’s a great place for your children to socialise with their peers as well as the opportunity for you to meet other parents.
Playing in the snow is one of Britain’s favourite Christmas pastimes. It can be a great way to go outside, get some fresh air, be active, and get into the festive spirit. Think snow angels, snowmen, sledging, and playful snowball fights – just don’t forget to wrap up warm!
As sledges tend to quickly sell out in local shops – as everyone has the same idea when snowflakes start to fall – make sure to check the weather report in advance and buy your sledge prior to snowfall, to avoid disappointment.
Home is Where the Heart Is
Staying inside the house, all toasty and warm, cuddled up with your family watching Christmas movies and playing games, is what Christmas memories are all about. There’s no reason the little ones should be bored when there are so many different activities at the tip of your fingers.
Why not let everyone pick out their favourite Christmas movie and enjoy a duvet day? Make sure to grab the popcorn, sweets, hot chocolate, the works! There’s no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to indulge in some of the classics, such as Home Alone, The Grinch, The Nightmare before Christmas, and Scrooged, to name but a few.
If the weather outside is wet and miserable, a great way to keep the kids entertained indoors is to build a den with items from around the house. Think blankets, pillows, boxes, pegs, and sheets. You can turn the den into a little place to watch movies on a laptop or play games in. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not add some fairy lights and decorations inside to really jazz things up?
If you’re looking to do something more hands-on while staying at home, making festive crafts is a great way to get the creative juices flowing. See our list below for some inspiration on our favourite Christmas crafts:
Fancy Something Sweet?
Cooking with kids at Christmas is so much fun, and there are many different themed recipes you can try out. Why not bake some cookies to leave out next to the tree on Christmas Eve for Santa? Or snuggle up in bed and enjoy some gingerbread snowmen whilst watching Christmas movies? Take a look at some of our favourite recipes and try out a few for yourself:
With so many amusing and exciting activities to try out over the holiday period, you’ll never struggle to find something to do!
What are some of the fun things you’ll be getting up to this Christmas with the kids? Tweet us using #craftwithwynsors to let us know.
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